Now that the snow has finally all melted, the Boston area can start gearing up for Italian feast season once again! Boston's North End will once again feature the bulk of the celebrations, which will kick off June 7 with the Santa Maria di Anzano procession, followed by processions for St. Anthony of Padua (June 14), St. Padre Pio (June 28), M...

By Antonio Planas The Columbus Day 
Parade march yesterday from downtown through the North End evoked memories of Boston's longest-serving mayor, the late Thomas M. Menino, whose Italian heritage made the day special for him. "I know that he loved this day," Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "He loved almost every day of being the mayor....

by James Pasto   In February I wrote about what I called "The American Connection" and some people misunderstood what I meant. Some thought I meant that I grew up with doubts or confusion about my Italian identity. That is not the case. I want to clarify what I meant and then use it as a stepping stone to talk about "North End identity." In...

By Madeline Bilis   The North End has a lot more to show for itself than amazing cannolis, which is why the North End Historical Society decided to produce a documentary about the neighborhood's longtime residents: Italian Americans.   After five years of working on Boston's North End: An Italian American Story, the new documentary is...

North End Branch of the Boston Public Library - 25 Parmenter Street - Boston, MA 02113Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30pm   The Great Molasses Flood of 1919, Boston's version of Pompeii, surely ranks as one of the city's worst disasters. Though the disaster was blamed at first on Italian anarchists, it was in fact the tank co...

Every year on the last weekend in August, Boston's North End celebrates the feast of Saint Anthony of Padua. The traditional event dates back to the early 20th century, when large numbers of southern Italians immigrated to the United States, settling in the urban centers of the North-East.   In Boston, they gathered in the North End neighbor...

This campaign is seeking funds to complete a documentary in progress about the history of the Italian North End. We have already received close to $30,000 in funding, including $10,000 grant from the James and Percival Baxter Trust Fund, and a $10,000 donation from Paul Scapicchio.   By contributing to this campaign, you will be helping to d...

Mary Fiumara of Boston's North End, famous for her "Anthony! Anthony!" part in the original Prince Pasta commercial, passed away at age 88 on Tuesday, February 2nd. The TV classic first aired in 1969 with Anthony Martignetti. Playing Anthony's mother, Mary Fiumara shouted out a window on Powers Court. The official obituary is shown below with servi...

"Let's sit down in my office," says Giuseppe Giangregorio after agreeing to my impromptu request for an interview. We do sit down — on two small folding chairs he keeps between two of the many shelves in his Green Cross Pharmacy. That's when I realize there is no office. Instead, we are sitting in a corner of the store he and his brother Fernando h...

by Matt Conti   Honoring one of the newer saints, a group from St. Leonard Church held the fifth annual procession for Saint Padre Pio on Sunday, June 28th in Boston's North End. The statue of St. Pio was carried from St. Leonard Church after an Italian Mass and walked through the neighborhood streets where devotees pinned donations on ribbo...